MIP: System to Suppress Anti-Ukrainian Broadcasting in ATO Zone Launched
On 19 April 2018, a meeting on countering Russia’s information aggression, presided by President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, was held.
Among other things, the meeting announced the launching of a system of suppressing anti-Ukrainian broadcasting in the area of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Eastern Ukraine, which had been elaborated by the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, the State Service for Special Communication and Information Protection, the Verkhovna Rada Committees on National Security and Defence and on Freedom of Speech and Information Policy, the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine and other bodies of state power.
“I congratulate you upon the beginning of the effective functioning of the system on suppressing anti-Ukrainian broadcasting in the ATO area. I do not doubt that today this is a major landmark and a major step towards protecting Ukraine from the causes of Russian hybrid aggression, and I am grateful to you for the work done,” the President said.
The system of the comprehensive suppression of Russian information aggression in the ATO area blocks analogue and digital TV signals of more than 40 Russian and pro-Russian channels. It is designed to counter information expansion and dissemination of Russian propaganda and provides for protection of Ukrainian citizens resident in more than 150 localities on the line of demarcation.
“This is a clear example when, by working together, all branches of state power – the legislative and the executive – prove that everything is possible and we can achieve a positive result. I thank all the colleagues,” Yuriy Stets, the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, said at the meeting.
Earlier this month, UA|TV, a TV channel of the International Broadcasting Multimedia Platform of Ukraine, started broadcasting in the test mode to occupied territories of Luhansk Region within the framework of the Commission on Ensuring the Stable Functioning of the National Television and Broadcasting System under the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.
Before that, UA|TV had tentatively started broadcasting in occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas from the TV tower in Chonhar, Kherson Region, and in Volnovakha, Donetsk Region.
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